Balsamiq mockups is a rapid wireframing tool which reproduces the experience of sketching interfaces on a whiteboard, but using a computer so as to share, modify, generating ideas rapidly and for communicating to designers, developers and project managers more easily.
In User Experience the prototyping phase comes after gathering user requirements and business needs. Prototypes are created with as much insight about the system as possible hence the process involves all stakeholders (users, project managers and developers). Low fidelity prototypes are ones that are quick, easy and cheap to create hence can be drafted with pencil and paper. Another important advantage is that they are easy to modify as well. High fidelity prototypes take more time to make but are closer to the final product in terms of look and interactivity.
This is an example of how we used Balsamiq mockups to create wireframes for a site called Lanchester Investments.
Here is the wireframe sketch created in Balsamiq mockups.
The project below is for Harold Bankers.
One can try Mockups for Desktop for free at http://www.balsamiq.com/. The application is fully functional for 7 days, but you’ll need a key in order to save your work after the evaluation period is over.
There is free software aspiring UX designers can get a hold of and try out. Don’t ever let cost be a hindrance.